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Share your news about the Golden Gate Railroad Museum's move to Schellville.
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I'm not sure if it's really been discussed here much, but a quick review of local railroad related social media sites reveals that the Golden Gate Railroad Museum, late of temporary residence at…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Apr 12.

SMART "Chewbacca car" numbering system questions?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Atnip Apr 8, 2015.

Semi carrying old trucks in Novato?
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Last night around seven, I saw a flatbed semi parked by Shamrock on Redwood Boulevard in Novato carrying two old-looking sets of trucks last night.  Looks like they were destined to be put underneath…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by HUTCH 7.62 Nov 23, 2014.

Anybody remember UK train visiting Sausalito in Late '60's or early '70's.
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This has been bugging me for some time, although it is really relatively unimportant in the grand scheme of life.I have a recollection of a British passenger train, which for some reason I remember…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Cleek Jan 29, 2014.

 

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Bob Cleek replied to Richard C. Brand's discussion New Windsor brewery new NWP customer?
"Can somebody explain to a semi-train-literate why a full-fledged PTC switch that costs a million bucks is required for a turnout or spur that will only be used when the SMART system is not operating? It seems like there should be a…"
Jun 30
Bob Cleek replied to Sean Purtell's discussion Live Steam
"Well, it doesn't look like the rolling stock comes with it. It was originally listed for $2.9M, then reduced to $2.475M and Zillow values it at a FMV of $1.278M. I think the owners have Bay Area real estate values in mind, not the boonies in…"
Jun 10
Bob Cleek replied to James Caestecker's discussion SMART Releases new Website
"Well, there's some advantage to being an old phart ! It looks like the Senior Clipper Card (over age 65) gets you half-price fares. "
Jun 7
Bob Cleek commented on Robert Hogan's photo
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"Given the scenery, it's surprising nobody's turned it into some kind of tourist excursion operation.  it seems ready-made for a shay and a bunch of logging flat cars converted to passenger carriers."
May 30
Bob Cleek commented on Robert Hogan's photo
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"But what you can see is the "tell tale" hanging over the tracks to warn a brakeman on the top of the cars that there's a tunnel, bridge frame, or other obstruction coming. These began to go the way of the dodo when…"
May 30
Bob Cleek commented on steve lang's blog post "Ring of Fire" early 60's - David Janssen, on TCM this morning
May 15
Bob Cleek commented on James Caestecker's blog post As Test Trains Start on SMART on Friday, Quiet Zones In Effect in San Rafel and Novato
"At the risk of getting a demerit for "bad taste," I wonder if anybody has started a quiet zone "dead pool" as yet. Any predictions on how long it will be before the Darwin Principal kicks into effect? CalTrain's average is…"
May 15
Bob Cleek commented on Steve Atnip's blog post GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB
"No, there weren't any "definitive statements" about "plans," that I heard either, other than that NWP was going to let GGRM move their rolling stock to Schellville on the old Sonoma spur so they'd have a…"
May 8
Bob Cleek commented on Steve Atnip's blog post GGRM update from Steve Coons on FB
"I believe GGRM has operated on the UP ROW before. As much money as UP puts into their amazing heritage steam program, I expect they are old friends with GGRM. The FRA inspections are routine, I believe. I saw a video of a recent NCRA…"
May 8
Bob Cleek replied to Dave S.'s discussion Heineken Buys Remaining Stake in Lagunitas
"Latest report is that the owner and all staff of Lagunitas Brewery are staying on and operations will not change at all. The word is that the big brewing companies are buying up the small craft breweries just like the big alcoholic beverage…"
May 5
Bob Cleek replied to David L ILLICH's discussion FRA notified SMART this afternoon that Petaluma’s Quiet Zone has been nullified.
"Does anybody know why SMART apparently has not tuned their horns?  Remember "Chewbaca?"  Some of their horns that I hear really are annoying, not so much because of the volume, but because of the tone. "
May 4
Bob Cleek replied to Michael H Harrison's discussion Ooh Bother...
"Well, I'm not going to get into a whole long discussion of something I know a fair bit about because I use it and don't want to get cancer, Richard, but I'll respond briefly: 1)   The article you cited is a Mercury News…"
May 3
Bob Cleek replied to Michael H Harrison's discussion Ooh Bother...
"The photos of the damaged leaves in the article seem to indicate that the overspray (if that is what it was) was very minor.  Richard's post below about this vineyard being up for sale, coupled with the farmer's admission that he…"
May 3
Bob Cleek replied to David L ILLICH's discussion FRA notified SMART this afternoon that Petaluma’s Quiet Zone has been nullified.
"There surely looks like there are gates on it now, and curbs to prevent driving around the gates, but I don't know how the city can cut off access to somebody's land like that.  The owner and owner's traffic should be able to…"
May 2
Bob Cleek replied to David L ILLICH's discussion FRA notified SMART this afternoon that Petaluma’s Quiet Zone has been nullified.
"Yes, that's it!  The satellite photo doesn't show the gates at all.  I suspect the gates were a later addition.  They certainly aren't FRA certified crossing gates!  They're just livestock gates.  They…"
May 2
Bob Cleek replied to David L ILLICH's discussion FRA notified SMART this afternoon that Petaluma’s Quiet Zone has been nullified.
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Serious RR collection on Craigslist

I tripped over this new ad on Craigslist.  https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/atq/6013328045.html  It looks like a very serious RR collection is being liquidated.  Perhaps some of the collectors in here might be interested.

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At 4:03pm on January 16, 2014, Robert Hogan said…

Alan Pegler's  ex-LNE Flying Scotsman 4-6-2 and a British passenger train (8 cars I think) steamed down through central California on the Western Pacific and into Oakland on September 27, 1971.  This was the end of a national tour for the train.

The Flying Scotsman and train then operated a three car passenger train along the San Francisco embarcadero on the S.F. Belt Railway during the spring of 1972.  Perhaps this is what is remembered.  Ultimately the entire train was pulled back to Stockton on the WP and placed in storage at the Army Supply base.  Later the "Flying Scotsman" locomotive, a famous and well-loved steamer in the UK, was returned to the UK and remains in steam there to this day.

Hope this helps!

Bob Hogan

At 5:00pm on July 3, 2012, Mark Drury said…

Welcome to the NWPRR Network, Bob! Please take a look around and let me know if you have any questions or comments. We're adding content daily and actively recruiting new members -- please feel free to invite your own friends if you think they may be interested. Regards,

Mark Drury

 
 
 

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